President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington DC — Events

President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living here at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC. Lincoln’s time here bookends the Civil War–he first visited the grounds three days after his inauguration and last rode out to the site the day before his assassination. While living at the Cottage for 13 months from 1862-1864, Lincoln regularly commuted to the White House. The Cottage opened to the public in 2008.

Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, DC Hours: Daily, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Phone: 202-829-0436 Online:


  • Cottage Conversation: The Quartermaster

    May 24, 2017 6:00 pm

    Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home

    140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

    When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 |  Reception, 6:00 pm Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center | Lecture, 6:30 pm President Lincoln’s Cottage

    Details: Our May Cottage Conversation will feature The Quartermaster: Montgomery C, Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army, by author Robert O’Harrow Jr. Stay tuned for more event details and guest speakers.

    Mr. O’Harrow  is a reporter with the investigative unit of The Washington Post who has focused on data privacy, cyber security, federal contracting and the financial world. Last year, he focused on the presidential election, writing about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. O’Harrow is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of the 2005 book No Place to Hide, about data profiling, surveillance and national security.

    Cost: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above.

    To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at or call (202) 688-3735.

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